Monday, March 2, 2015

{My Parties} Big Hero 6 Playdate Party

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Who else is super excited about the release of Big Hero 6 on DVD/Blu-Ray?
My family had not seen the movie until it was released on DVD because our older son doesn't do well at movie theaters. So, we decided to run by Walmart and pick up the so DVD as soon as it came out! The weather has been so yucky here lately, so I thought it would be really fun to have a little playdate party on a Saturday afternoon to keep the kids in the neighborhood busy with Big Hero 6, some yummy snacks, and a cute craft.  

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And something really fun; your purchase of the Big Hero 6 Blu-Ray/DVD + Gift With Purchase Set includes a digital movie on Vudu while supplies last! Simply scan your receipt using the Savings Catcher in the Walmart app. Then look for a message on your phone or email. Now you can watch Big Hero 6 on any device, which is awesome because that means the kids can watch it 4 times in a row while you catch up on your own shows! 


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Baymax is such a cute character and I LOVED being able to brainstorm on how to bring his image into the party decor and the food.  If you are looking for a super easy Baymax craft, you can add his eyes to simple white paper lanterns. I got these on Walmart.com and simply added some black sticky felt to them. 

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I wanted to concentrate on a black and white color scheme, like Baymax. I love the graphic quality of black and white stripes. 
I downloaded a Big Hero font and then cut this cute banner with my Silhouette machine. 
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I tried to incorporate the fun character names into the menu as much as possible. With characters like Honey Lemon, Wasabi, Baymax, GoGo, and Fred, it was pretty much a given to tie those names into the food!

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In the movie, so much of the plot revolves around Baymax's healthcare chip. So, I knew I wanted to put these veggie chips on my menu! Healthy chips! 

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For my Baymax dip, I made a simple fruit dip with cream cheese and marshmallow cream. 
I served it with yummy strawberries and pretzels. To make a Baymax face, I added two peppermint patties and a piece of licorice. EASY and CUTE!

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And, of course, Honey Lemon Cupcakes. I added some chocolate ones too, for those that don't like lemon flavor. 
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Since the adults were having sushi, I wanted to have the kids have "sushi" too. Except their sushi was actually pb&j and sandwiches. Some of the dads loved these too!
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And speaking of sushi, look at these beautiful rolls!
I had to add this awesome Baymax toy that I got at Walmart.com. He is really cool because Hiro rides on his back and his fist really flies off! My three year old couldn't have been more excited when he arrived at our front door!
Whenever I am doing a themed party, I try to incorporate my kids' toys into the table. It's always fun for them to see the characters on the table too!
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Yum right? 
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The big Baymax decal was also from Walmart.com and I applied him to a big piece of foam board and then cut around it with an Xacto knife. Then, I pinned him right into the foam backdrop. 
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This face was pretty excited for his friends to come over!
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Big brother trying out the chips. 
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For the craft, I wanted to make the kids their own "Personal Healthcare Companion" first aid kit. I bought white sandwich boxes and white travel soap containers from Wal-Mart and added arms, feet, and a head out of pom poms and pipe cleaners to make them look like Baymax. I used hot glue for that part, so the kids didn't get burned. 

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The kids added stickers like smiley faces (pain indicators) and glittered hearts. 
They filled them with band-aids, alcohol wipes, gauze and other first aid supplies. 
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Then it was time for the movie!
 This sweet baby loves Baymax. 
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I loved Big Hero 6 because it was refreshing to have a movie that my boys can love, after all the Frozen mania of the past year! 
And, it's got a lot of heart and a sweet message. 
As you can see, these kiddos love it. 
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And, I got a cupcake for all that hard work!
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Have fun with all those upcoming Big Hero Parties!
I think it's going to be a big theme in 2015!

Monday, February 9, 2015

{My Parties} Black and Gold Glamorous 50 Birthday Party

I love doing 40th and 50th birthday parties!
When my longtime client, Melissa, called me to do this 50th birthday party for her dear friend, Paula, I loved the theme idea! Melissa said she loved fashion, shoes, purses, and leopard skin! I jokingly asked her if she was throwing a party for my mom, because that description sounds exactly like her!
So, I proposed that we do a glamorous color scheme of black and gold, with some leopard skin accents for fun. 


I set up this small dessert display in Melissa's beautiful breakfast room and used her built-in banquette for the backdrop area. 
 


The wonderful Amanda at Semi Sweet Creations made these perfect cookies! She ran with my gold, black, and leopard skin theme! How great are they? I couldn't stop taking pictures of them!





For the backdrop, I covered it in the same gold sheeting that I used recently at the Masquerade party. Then, I got some black and gold beaded Christmas tree decor at Hobby Lobby on clearance and draped them from the backdrop. Then, I used these gorgeous printables from BluGrass Designs to personalize the backdrop. 



Mad Lily Cakery made this beautiful cake for Paula. It was perfectly coordinated with the table design. 
I displayed the cake on a black scalloped stand and then gave it some extra height with a hat box. For extra details, I added some leopard skin ribbon to the hat box. 


I got this adorable fabric for the tabletop at Hobby Lobby. I added some custom glittered letters that I made with my Silhouette and in a stroke of luck, Target had this awesome tissue tassle garland in the exact color scheme!







In Melissa's stunning dining room, we set up the savory food. 
Simply Delicious always does an amazing job on their display and this was so exception. They brought such unique serving pieces!

Are you dying over that chandelier and those lucite legs on the table!?


L and Jay Productions did this beautiful display of white hydrangeas and privitt berries. 

For the table, BluGrass Designs also did these gorgeous coordinating menu cards. I love how they tie in the dessert table!



Simply Delicious did a gorgeous fruit and cheese display around the centerpiece. I love the gold chevron trays they used! 








I brought along some additional black and white striped fabric to dress up the table and Jenn at Simply Delicious really made it look gorgeous!



I love how they displayed these shrimp cocktail shooters in little votive holders!
How cute!




Don't you just want to dive into this food? It looks delicious!



And last but not least, the beautiful birthday girl!
Can you believe she is 50? She doesn't look a day over 30 to me!
And she wore that leopard skin scarf without even knowing the party theme! 

Happy Birthday Paula!

  
 Vendors: 

Printables: BluGrass Designs
Event Design and Photography: GreyGrey Designs